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Atlas Alone by Emma Newman
Narrated by Emma Newman
Hugo Award-winner Emma Newman returns to the captivating Planetfall universe with a novel about vengeance and the lengths to which one will go to save the future of humanity.
Six months after she left, Dee is struggling to manage her rage toward the people who ordered the nuclear strike that destroyed Earth. She’s trying to find those responsible, but she’s not getting very far alone.
A dedicated gamer, Dee is endeavoring to discover a mersive good enough to enable her to escape her trauma. When she is approached by a designer who asks her to play test his new game, she hopes it will be what she needs – but it isn’t like any mersive she’s played before. When a man suddenly dies in the real world, she realizes that at the same time in the game, she killed a character who bears a striking resemblance to the dead man – a man she discovers was one of those responsible for the death of millions on Earth.
Disturbed but thinking it must be a coincidence, Dee continues the hunt for information. But when she finds out the plans for the future colony, she realizes that to save what is left of humanity, she might have to do something that risks what remains of her own.
Veracity by Douglas E. Richards
Narrated by Dan Bittner
A breathtaking near-future thriller from the New York Times best-selling author whose books have sold more than a million copies.
What if you developed a technology that made it impossible for anyone to lie? About anything. Would this save humanity from itself? Or would it tear society apart? And just how far would power players around the globe go to stop it?
Elias Gibson has invented a technology that will profoundly change the essence of human behavior. But will this lead to a glorious future, or to the collapse of civilization? Before Elias can answer this question, he finds himself battling for his very survival, and racing to uncover the identities and motives of the treacherous forces arrayed against him. As he fights to stay alive, he will be stunned by one extraordinary revelation after another.
But the biggest surprise is yet to come….
Veracity is a roller-coaster ride of a thriller, one that offers meticulously researched insights into both human nature and the future of the human race.
The Final Outbreak by M.L. Banner
Narrated by Gary Tiedemann
For the first time, all three Madness books are offered as a single audiobook title: The Last Outbreak. Get your copy today – over 23 hours of action!
Our end is coming. It’s closer than you think. And it’s real.
The final outbreak starts with the animals and moves swiftly to humans, turning the infected violent. Cities fall as the outbreak spreads as far as the winds blow, leading to society’s end. A lucky few may survive, but for how long in a world ravaged by an always present disease? Or is all hope lost?
This story is true; it just hasn’t happened…yet. Listen to The Final Outbreak now to find out how it will start, and then get prepared!
Rated R for Violence and Language.
The Jakarta Pandemic: A Modern Thriller by Steven Konkoly
Narrated by John David Farrell
Cases of a highly lethal virus appear in major cities around the globe. Most ignore the warning signs.
Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, has read the signs for years. With his family and home prepared to endure an extended period of seclusion, Alex thinks he’s ready for the pandemic. He’s not even close. The unstoppable H16N1 virus rapidly spreads across the United States, stretching the fragile bonds of society to the breaking point. Schools close, grocery stores empty, fuel deliveries stop, hospitals start turning away the sick…riots engulf the cities. As hostility and mistrust engulfs his idyllic Maine neighborhood, Alex quickly realizes that the H16N1 virus will be the least of his problems.
The Alex Fletcher books (in order):
The Jakarta Pandemic, Book One
The Perseid Collapse, Book Two
Event Horizon, Book Three
Point of Crisis, Book Four
Dispatches, Book Five
Steven’s novels are recommended for fans of Brad Thor’s Scot Harvath, Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp, Brad Taylor’s Pike Logan, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne, L.T. Ryan’s Jack Noble, C.G. Cooper’s Daniel Briggs, Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon, and Mark Greaney’s Gray Man.
Crackerjack by Peter Church
Narrated by Peter Noble
Young, bright and sexy, Carla Vitale has been handpicked to run Supertech, Africa’s leading independent engineering firm. Then one Friday afternoon in Cape Town, her dream is shattered. Her boss and mentor, Nial Townley, disappears, his luxury vehicle is found in a crevice at the bottom of Chapman’s Peak and $USD 20m is missing from the Supertech’s overseas accounts. Three months later and the police are no closer to solving the riddle.
No job, no car, no phone, Carla turns to the one person she believes can help: software hacker turned day-trader, Daniel Le Fleur. But Le Fleur’s maintaining a low profile in Bantry Bay and he’s in no mood to ruin the serendipity.
After a successful career in information technology, Peter Church’s first crime novel, Dark Video, was published in South Africa and Australia in 2008. He has since published Bitter Pill, a crime thriller, and Blue Cow Sky, “a novella of sexual proportions,” both in South Africa. Church is a member of SA PEN. He lives in Cape Town with his wife, the artist Paula Church, and three children. Crackerjack is his debut in North America.
My Detective by Jeffrey Fleishman
Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller, Richard Ferrone
Los Angeles is booming. Money is pouring in. Buildings are going up. But someone is killing architects.
Detective Sam Carver journeys through sins scattered across the City of Angels, where hipsters, homeless, immigrants, producers, politicians, movie stars, and cops collide in mysterious ways. Every move Carver makes is anticipated by the killer, Dylan Cross. She has hacked his computer and knows his diaries and secrets. She sees in him a kindred and damaged spirit, a man who can understand her crimes, heal her scars, and love her. Dylan is reclaiming herself from a past of brutal injustices inflicted by a world of misogyny and power. Detective Carver is dealing with his own troubled history: an elusive and violent father.
My Detective is a story of obsession set against vengeance and prayers of forgiveness in a city that is as cruel as it is fantastical. It captures modern Los Angeles in real time, an eerie glide through the imagination, where winds gust high above the San Gabriel Mountains and neighborhoods stretch toward the ocean like the flash and tremor of a dream. The novel speaks to our sense of beauty in a new century and the demons we rouse when we dare to create a new metropolis.
The Beast of Brenton Woods by Jackson R. Thomas
Narrated by Joe Hempel
Some legends never die….
The White Wolf, the Beast of Brenton Woods, a legendary creature said to walk like a man. When the full moon rises, it will feast.
Unseen for years, truth has turned to rumor, mere folklore. Until something lures the monster from exile, calling it home.
For Tyler and Ben, a firsthand encounter leads to an exploration of the forbidden depths of Brenton woods, and for Ben, the discovery of a family secret.
When Wendy and her friend’s hangout in the abandoned cabin is compromised, the hunt begins. The target of a creature’s desire, Wendy is hearing whispers in the night, finding footprints outside her window, and can’t shake the dreadful feeling that something is waiting for her.
Deputy Kathy Wilcox understands the disturbances, the shredded carcasses, and the growing list of missing persons in town are connected to something larger than life. Will her acceptance of the legend end in tragedy?
There’s a full moon above, the night is coming down, and blood is about to run.
Under Darkness by Jasper T. Scott
Narrated by Ben Jaeger-Thomas
From the USA Today best-selling author of Dark Space… a series of unrelated stand-alone sci-fi novels; no sequels and no cliffhangers
The sun vanished and darkness fell in the middle of the day, and then the meteors began to fall….
Bill Steele is in the trenches, trying to survive in the competitive world of luxury vacation resorts on the island of Kauai. Today is a particularly bad day; the water main burst and his guests are demanding refunds and promising bad reviews. In the middle of this, a dark shadow falls over the island. It’s not a lunar eclipse, because Bill can clearly see the crescent moon shimmering on the water. This is something else.
Moments later, the meteors begin to fall. One of them lands in the water just beyond the resort. Everyone flees screaming to their rooms, expecting a wall of water to follow, but the tsunami never arrives. Bill and his daughter watch the news from the relative safety of their third-floor suite. The anchorman is fleeing from his hillside vantage point with his cameraman in hot pursuit. Their muffled screams are the last thing anyone hears before the signal is lost….
If you liked the movies Alien and Independence Day, you’ll love Under Darkness.
The Sound of Her Voice by Nathan Blackwell
Narrated by David Thorpe
Some murder cases you can’t forget, no matter how hard you try.
For Detective Matt Buchanan it is the death of 14-year-old Samantha Coates and the other unsolved murder cases. Those innocent girls he just can’t get out of his head.
He has probably been in the job too long. But when Buchanan pursues some fresh leads, it soon becomes clear he’s on the trail of something big.
As he pieces the horrific crimes together, Buchanan finds the very foundations of everything he once believed in start to crumble. He’s forced across that grey line that separates right and wrong – into places so dark, even he might not make it back….
The Sound of Her Voice is an authentic, gritty, character-led police procedural by an elite former detective – for fans of Ian Rankin, Stuart Macbride and Joseph Knox.
The Horse at the Gates by D.C. Alden
Narrated by Alan Medcroft
The plot is underway. The target: Britain herself.
Prime Minister Gabriel Bryce lies injured in hospital, a lucky survivor of the assassination attempt that has wiped out most of his cabinet and thrown the country into chaos.
In Luton, a truck bomb destroys one of Europe’s most prominent mosques, killing hundreds. The only suspect is disillusioned Afghan veteran Danny Whelan, now hunted like a wild animal for a crime he did not commit.
As the dead are buried and a makeshift government seizes power, both Bryce and Whelan realize they have become marked men, expendable pawns in a vast conspiracy intended to crush a rebellious Britain and usher in a new era of European history. If they are to survive the coup, they must stay one step ahead of their enemy, a ruthless new administration now determined to see them dead and the country transformed for all time.